ABOUT PORTLAND TIMBERS U23
Founded Nov. 11, 2008, the Portland Timbers U23 are an amateur team affiliated with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and serve as a development platform for the club’s first team and USL side, T2. The team consists of standout players from collegiate and youth programs from Oregon, the Northwest and throughout the country, and competes in United Soccer League (USL), League Two, formerly the Premier Development League. Since their founding, five Timbers U23 players have signed with the first team, including goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, while T2 features former Timbers U23 standout forward and 2015 USL Rookie of the Year Kharlton Belmar. The Timbers U23 assembled an historic campaign in 2010, posting a perfect 16-0-0 record during the regular season on their way to becoming the first undefeated champion in PDL history.
The team moved to Salem in 2017 as the MLS Club handed over day-to-day operations of the team to Capital FC Timbers. Founded in 1993, the Capital FC Timbers are a member club of the Portland Timbers Alliance, which provides elite local youth clubs with coaching resources to better develop aspiring players. The youth club has had 154 alumni move on to play at the collegiate level, while 27 standouts have been selected to join the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC Academy systems.
ABOUT USL LEAGUE TWO
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
The League Two season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, League Two teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. Visit www.uslleaguetwo.com for more details and follow League Two on Twitter at @USLLeagueTwo.